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Unfortunately, there is no getting around the fact that childbirth is painful. However, since we know we can expect a great deal of pain during labor and delivery, it’s best to prepare with a birth plan that includes your preferred options for controlling it. Discussing and learning the facts regarding various pain management options as well as associated risks/side effects is a necessary task before your little one arrives so you and your doctor can feel confident in your birth plan.
Having three children, I know firsthand that going into labor with a clear plan for my pain management helped me not only to feel empowered but also allowed me to have a better sense of control during an anxious time. Choices Matter is a campaign that aims to equip moms-to-be with all the information they need to make an informed choice for their childbirth pain management plan, including safe and effective non-opioid options. The campaign also strives to open up the conversation between caregivers, physicians, and patients regarding pain management. With 1 in 3 women having C-section deliveries and 44% of C-section mothers feeling not completely satisfied with how their pain was managed during birth (according to Choices Matter survey), the discussion is most definitely one to be had so women can be fully educated and comfortable with their choices.
It’s important to keep in mind that pain management is not a one size fits all type of matter and understand that no two people will experience pain in the same way. Everyone’s birth story will be unique and for that reason how you plan to manage pain should also be personalized. Being aware of all the potential risks and side effects and how they will affect you personally is essential and why it’s important to not just go with a standardized pain plan. Aside from keeping you comfortable, pain control can also help with your recovery and reduce the chance of complications and unwanted side effects from your medications.
Check out the infographic below for more information about the use of opioids in childbirth. Also, be sure to head over to planagainstpain.com to learn more!